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Local African American clergy, politicians embrace Clinton ahead of Missouri primary

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and other African-American leaders endorsed Hillary Clinton in a news conference Monday morning in Kansas City.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James and other African-American leaders endorsed Hillary Clinton in a news conference Monday morning in Kansas City. KansasCity

Almost two dozen African American political and religious leaders endorsed Hillary Clinton in a news conference Monday morning in Kansas City.

The group includes office-holders, union officials and members of the clergy. African American turnout has been crucial in states Clinton has won to date.

Among the endorsers was Rev. John “Modest” Miles. “Secretary Clinton is probably the most qualified, most experienced candidate to run for president in over a century,” he said.

Less than a month ago Miles endorsed Sen. Roy Blunt for re-election. Blunt is a Republican and shares virtually no policy positions with Clinton.

Asked about the discrepancy, Miles said he endorsed Blunt out of friendship. He also claimed a long personal relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton.

James said he supported Clinton because of her record of accomplishment. Sen. Bernie Sanders, he said, lacks such a record.

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